iPhone X To shoot in normal or telephoto lens?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Super Xander, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Super Xander macrumors regular

    Super Xander

    Nov 6, 2016
    Hey forum

    Since the launch of the Galaxy S9, there have been a lot of focus on how a larger f1.5 will adopt more light but make the picture softer than the f2.4 sensor.

    Can it sometimes be recommended to shoot with the f2.4 telephoto lens in great lighting condition compared to the f1.8 if it will make the overall image look sharper? Is it sometimes anyone have considered or knows fact about?
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    I sometimes choose the telephoto over the standard lens when taking pictures of near objects such as food or auction listings. The reason I do this is I find the iPhone has problems focusing when you are too near an object. By choosing the telephoto lens I can remain a comfortable distance from the subject but still get a nice tight shot.
  3. fred98tj macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2017
    Central Luzon, Philippines

    Remember that on the iPhone it’s not two aperture openings on the same camera. It’s two completely different cameras. The “tele” camera has a sensor with smaller pixels though is still capabile of great photos.
    So, bottom line, you are not comparing the same things here. The Samsung is using the same camera (sensor) for those two apertures so expect the 2.4 to produce sharper images. The iPhone is using two different cameras.
    My advice would be try both cameras (on the iPhone) in good light and see which you like better.
    Also, remember, that in less than ideal light the iPhone will not switch to the “tele” (2x) Camera, even if you press the 2x icon, but will simply do a digital zoom, which I would argue you do not want to do.
    In order to always have total control on which camera is being used, you will have to use a 3rd party camera app.
  4. Boostedhatch macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2018
    How do you choose telephoto lens option ?
  5. fred98tj macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2017
    Central Luzon, Philippines
    With the stock camera app, towards the bottom you’ll see “1x”. Tap twhtnand it will change to “2x”. That means the longer lens is being used unless the light is not enough in which case it’s only a digital zoom to 2x.

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